Crockpot meals the whole family will enjoy

When life gets busy, it's easier to just to the drive thru on your way home. However, these crockpot meals can make meal time a bit easier.

Slow Cooker Harvest Apple Crisp

- Ingredients
6 large gala apples
¾ c. brown sugar
2 tsp. cinnamon, divided
1 tsp. lemon juice
3 c. rolled oats
⅛ tsp. salt
5 Tbsp. butter

- Directions
After apples have been washed, core, slice and place them into a large bowl. Top the apples with ½ cup brown sugar, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, and lemon juice. Toss to combine. Place the apple mixture in the bottom of the slow cooker. In the same large bowl, combine oats, remaining brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt. Stir until combined. Cut the butter into the bowl and stir, forming a sand-like texture. There will be small chunks of butter, which is normal. Sprinkle the mixture on top of the apples. Turn the slow cooker on high and cook for 2 hours with the cover on. After 2 hours, remove the lid of slow cooker and continue to cook for another hour. Serve with Greek yogurt or ice cream of your choosing.

Slow Cooker Taco Soup

- Ingredients
1 lb. lean or extra-lean ground beef
1 onion, chopped
1 (16-oz.) can chili beans, with liquid
1 (15-oz.) can kidney beans, with liquid
1 (15-oz.) can whole-kernel corn, with liquid
1 (8-oz.) can tomato sauce (low-sodium)
2 c. water
2 (14.5-oz.) cans peeled and diced
tomatoes (low-sodium)
1 (4-oz.) can diced green chili peppers
1 pkg. taco seasoning mix (low-sodium)

Directions:
In a medium skillet, cook the ground beef until browned over medium heat. Drain. Place the ground beef, onion, chili beans, kidney beans, corn, tomato sauce, water, diced tomatoes, green chili peppers and taco
seasoning mix in a slow cooker. Mix to blend and cook on low setting for eight hours.

Chicken Curry

- Ingredients
2¾ lb. chicken breasts, without skin
1 (16-oz.) jar salsa (mild or medium)
1 medium onion, chopped
2 Tbsp. curry powder
1 c. fat-free sour cream

- Directions
Place chicken in slow cooker. Combine salsa, onions and curry
powder and pour over chicken. Cover with lid. Cook on low for eight
to 10 hours (or high for five hours). Remove chicken to serving platter;
cover and keep warm. Add sour cream to salsa mixture in the slow
cooker. Blend and pour over the chicken.

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